From the Station to the Sea

From the Station to the Sea

Artist-in-Residence  call-out for artists

From the Station to the Sea and elysiumgallery are pleased to be offering an artist residency opportunity at their High Street venue in Swansea to begin in July 2016.

About the residency

From the Station to the Sea is an Arts Council Wales-funded project about Swansea High Street, co-ordinated by Volcano Theatre and Coastal Housing Group, both of which are based on Swansea High Street. elysiumgallery runs a gallery and artist work spaces across three venues in the city, including studios (where the residency will take place) in the same building as Volcano.

The residency is just one part of a programme of diverse yet connected regeneration projects about Swansea High Street – the idea of the High Street, the lived reality of the place, and the possibilities of its transformation. Each project in the programme addresses particular perceptions or concerns and focusses on the needs and desires of specific constituencies. Working with residents, traders, schools, workers, commuters, visitors and socially excluded people, From the Station to the Sea aims to disrupt the prevailing power relations through imaginative interventions in the material and social realm of the street, inspiring communities to reimagine their environment in a creative and empowered way.

For this residency, we’re interested in working with an artist who can offer fresh eyes on Swansea High Street – an artist who’s not from round here. We’re interested in an outsider’s perspective; we want to experience where we live and work from the point of view of someone who’s new to the city. Around 4.5 million people visit the Swansea Bay area every year, but how much do we really understand about how they experience the area, in particular the High Street?

We find these kinds of questions interesting:

How do you experience a place for the first time?

What’s it like to not be from around here?

What does it mean to get to know a place?

And we’re interested in how your relationship with Swansea might have changed by the end of the project.

You will have 24-hour access to your studio (12ft x 8ft) and support as required to research and develop ideas on the theme of ‘I am not from round here’. We are flexible about precisely how much of the 3 months is spent in Swansea/the studio and would welcome an indication of this in your proposal.

We would like the residency to have an outcome of some description that can be displayed/presented/shared/experienced either in Volcano Theatre’s space or on Swansea High Street from October 2016.

About the artist

We are interested in hearing from artists working in any medium who are curious to spend time somewhere that’s new to them and to share that experience with other artists and the wider community. Please note that this residency is not open to students. We explicitly encourage applications from artists who are not from round here.


Selection of artist: May 2016

Residency: July 4th – Sept 30th 2016

Outcome: October 2016 onwards

Fee: There is a payment of £2000. Travel and accommodation expenses available.


If you would like to be considered for this residency, please email Jonathan Powell at elysiumgallery on jonathan@elysiumgallery.com , putting your name in the subject heading, with:

– A proposal outlining your practice and how you would approach this residency (max one side of A4)

– An up to date CV

– Up to 4 jpeg images/links to examples of your previous work

Deadline: Monday 25th April, 10am.

Interviews for shortlisted artists will take place w/c 2nd May.

Please contact Jonathan on the address above if you’ve any queries.

Additional information:

elysiumgallery is an artist led, self-sustaining enterprise comprising of artist work spaces and a contemporary art gallery over 3 locations in Swansea City Centre, Wales, UK. We support 13 artists’ studios and a gallery space at 16 College Street, Swansea, 13 studios at 2 Mansel Street, Swansea and 37 studios with additional project and resource spaces on the top floor of 27-29 High Street, Swansea. We currently look after over 100 artists in our studio spaces.

The studios form an artistic community that enable the artists and elysiumgallery to support each other through critical discussions, residency opportunities, forming collaborations and sharing practical skills. The studios foster a collaborative and participatory experience creating a vibrant and creative hub whilst encouraging the development of business models for artistic sustainability contributing to the local economy and retaining artists within Swansea City.

The High Street studio project currently house 37 studio spaces, a project space, communal areas and a number of residency programmes. The studios seeks to foster a collaborative and participatory experience creating a vibrant and creative community. We aim to create the framework for a world of ideas and inspiration which will feed into the regeneration of the High Street.


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